Yep, that's the UP. Want a more complete picture?
This is a custom made turkish spindle that Jeri Brock made for me. The arms are in cherry and the shaft is curly maple, both woods found throughout the UP.
Anyways, when the spindle came in, my immediate thought was "I should set aside something special to break this in with." Of course, at the time, I was still finishing up some drop spinning on a different scrolled turkish for a secret project that I can say nothing about. Once that was done, it was on to Little Fishes.
I don't know how she does it, but Amy at Spunky Eclectic finds the best preparations of fiber. I've had merino be anything from barely ok to pretty darn good. This fiber, though, was pretty amazing. It drafted so smoothly that I can't describe it.
This colorway is really fun. There are a whole variety of blues that kind of weave into one another and sections of bright yellow and just a little bit of white showing through.
So, if I haven't explained this before, a turkish spindle allows you to wind your yarn into a center pull ball as you spin it. The only slight problem with this is that I have to break a bump of fiber into two pieces since the spindle will only fit 2oz.
This splitting of the fiber into two pieces can result in a slightly awkward transition if you're not careful. What you have to do is braid each half in such a way that you start at one end of the original braid, spin to the break and then start the second half at the break. Then, when you bring them back together, you have to be sure to put break to break.
Since I did this fiber on a drop spindle, I decided to Navajo ply it to keep the color transitions together. If you know how to crochet or tie a chain to store rope, you know how to Navajo ply. This is simply tying a chain with really long loops and spinning it. This results in a 3 ply yarn that keeps the colors together. If you want the colors to have longer transitions, you can tie longer loops at the color changes, and if you want shorter transitions, well...you get the picture.
In the end, I got 130 yards of fiber at 13 wpi, which is roughly a DK weight yarn. The reason I say roughly is that there are many tables out there with conversions and they are not consistent. I used to use the one on Wikipedia, but recently found out that one is rather...off. Now, I use a table from Knit Picks since I trust them much more.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with this yarn yet. If you have suggestions, please reply below. Better yet, if the pattern is on Ravelry, post a link to the pattern below.